As the country’s current largest adolescent and youth network, ZYP has continued to create a diverse cadre of coordinated young people and youth leaders committed to the emancipation of young people in Zambia through unified and amplified voices in response to social-economic development challenges.
This has not gone unnoticed as various key stakeholders have applauded and pledged to continued working and partnering with ZYP in order to have the voices of the young people heard especially with regards to access to Sexual Reproductive Health (SRH) services.
As the organization was hosting its third Regional Adolescents Health Indaba from 16th to 17th December 2020 at Mika Convention Centre in Lusaka, Health Director for Lusaka Province Dr. Consity Mwale expressed gratitude to ZYP for the platform they have created for the young people and reaffirmed the government’s commitment and support to ensuring that the needs of adolescents and the youth are put into consideration and met especially when it comes to health.
Dr. Mwale added that government will use the indaba as an opportunity to learn how adolescents and young people intend to lead the process of advancing prevention through sustainable solutions like how they will be complementing government’s efforts in raising awareness about developments in public health, Social Behavioral Change and Communication (SBCC) for adolescents and young people.
“Adolescence is a time or an opportunity but also a risk in that it presents challenges and health problems that have serious immediate consequences. However, actions can be taken during this period to set the stage for healthy adulthood and to reduce the likelihood of problems in the years that lay ahead.” -Dr. C. Mwale, Provincial Health Director
He further urged young people to continue looking forward to platforms like the RAHi and that he has no doubt that this platform will deliver on its objectives because the delegates comprised of adolescents and young people as well as key stakeholders who had expertise and experience in Advocacy, Gender related topics, Adolescent Health Programming, Community Led Monitoring, SRHR, and HIV.
And Hivos Regional Director Nana Zulu said in her opening remarks that HIVOs support the development of alternative solutions to deep seated problems so that individuals and communities make responsible choices within political and economic systems.
“The indaba provides an opportunity for knowledge exchange and another opportunity for young people to meet lawmakers to discuss the issues that are affecting them and to explore sustainable solutions. Hivos is proud to partner with ZYP and sponsor, this brings our organizational values forward which is to allow young people to make decisions and provide solutions to issues affecting them.” -Nana Zulu, Hivos Regional Director
By Mutute Nsang’anyi